Philippine cultural and artistic landmarks of the past millennium by Philippines

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In this introduction for the symposium on Philippine Cultural and Artistic Landmarks of the Past Millenium, NCCA Chair Jaime C. Laya wrote: "the effort of a people, whether artistic, scientific, or economic, are challenged by the needs, aspirations, and beliefs of the time and the society. These achievements can be in bricks and stones, paint, or marble. They can also be in the form of stories and drama, musicand ritual, poems and essays, the practice of governance, and response to external forces and influence. In this context, this book seeks to examine the cultural ad artistic accomplishments of our past. Dr. Laya wrote: "it took the French to recognize he grandeur of Angkor Wat and the Dutch, the Borobudur, beneath jungle and neglect with which they were overrun. This book seeks to perform the same service, to recognize what Filipinos ignore or take for grated, dismiss as unimportant, but which were in fact great leaps of the imagination and creativity of our ancestors." Bringing together the papers and reactions delivered during the symposium, within the pages of this book are ideas of some of the Philippines' brightest minds--papers by Jesus T. Peralta, F. Landa Jocano, Isagani R. Cruz, Benita Legarda, Jr., Jose Maceda, and Nick Joaquin, and reactions by Aurora Roxas-Lim, Juan Fransico, Bienvenido Lumbera, Patrick D. Flores, Ma. Luisa T. Camagay, Manuel Marmba, and Ambeth Ocampo.

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Published January 1, 2001 by National Commission for Culture and the Arts. 174 pages
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